Founded by disabled people wishing to be included in society and have control over the way they were supported, our organisation lives and breathes through a number of core values and principles demonstrated by the individual and collective practice of our staff and volunteers.
We are a Disabled People’s Organisation
This means that we are led by disabled people, for disabled people. We are committed to making a difference to the lives of disabled people, people with long-term conditions and older people regardless of their conditions or impairments.
We are about Independent Living
By Independent Living we mean all disabled people have the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means having the right to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.
We are person-centered and inclusive
We believe that disabled people are disabled by the physical, organisational and attitudinal barriers of society, not by their impairments or long-term conditions. These barriers prevent them from gaining equal access to information, education, employment, public transport, housing and social/recreational opportunities.
Based on this belief, we try to remove as many barriers as we can when working with people and we place all individuals at the centre of our practice.
We are about respect, rights and dignity for all human beings
This applies to people we support but also our staff, volunteers and other professionals we work with and this shapes our practice and the organisation as a whole.